Casino Royale Gadgets
Sony Ericsson Extravaganza
If you had never seen a film before, you could have been fooled into believing Casino Royale was just the longest mobile phone advertisement in history. Product placement is a little more cynical than it used to be. The odd Coca Cola can turned around the right way in the corner of a shot has been placed by unashamed advertising.Whatever they paid, Sony Ericsson got a good deal off of EoN Productions. Their phones were so ubiquitous that you couldn't help but raise a giggle.
A quick run-down with one breath would read something like this...
...Le Chiffre calls his broker via satellite phone
...Mollaka receives a call from Dimitrios at the snake fight
...007 sees Mollaka's text message that sets the pursuit up
...007 breaks into M's apartment to trace Mollaka's mobile phone on her PC
...On his was to the Ocean Club, Nassau, Bahamas, 007 uses the GPS on his phone
...007 uses Mollaka's phone to check time-lapse tapes for the exact time the message was sent
...The footage seen, features Dimitrios checking his phone before entering the Ocean Club
...Villiers wakes M up with a telephone call
...007 and Solange are getting frisky when their intimacy is interrupted by a call from Dimitrios
...007's on the phone again, this time to order champagne and caviar
...Dimitrios sends a message to Carlos
...007 sees to Dimitrios before stealing his mobile and viewing the most recent message
...007 gets a vantage point to call the sea of people exiting the exhibition. The man that answers is his man. It works
...007 gets time for a quick chat with M while hot in pursuit of Carlos at Miami International Airport
...007 works out that the text message "Ellipsis", must be the code to the security door entrance at the airport. Honest
...M calls Bond to let him know that the bomber's target is Richard Branson's new plane
...Carlos has an explosive key fob. His phone can be used as a detonator
...Le Chiffre is clearing out his latest patsies with his remarkable poker skills when he takes a call from his broker. It's bad news
...We're in Montenegro and 007 pops along to the hotel reception to pick up a spy care package. Inside - a new mobile phone
...After the early poker rounds, 007 places a bug into Le Chiffre's inhaler before using his mobile to track the bug
...Mathis is in on the act. He makes a call on his mobile to frame one of Le Chiffre's henchmen
...007 is just about to pop his clogs, but not before he manages to converse with Mi6 via a phone connection to a wire in his wrist!
...A victory dinner for Vesper and Bond - she gets a couple of text messages
...Vesper is on her way to the bank after allegedly receiving a text message from M
...M calls 007 to ask what has happened with his winnings
...007 is immediately on the phone to the cheery bank manager Mr Mendel to see what has happened with the money
...A suspicious 007 checks Vesper's phone. Blinking fibber, the text wasn't from M, it was from Gettler
...It's all done and Bond tells M that "The Bitch is dead"
...But wait, there is a message from the grave. Vesper sent 007 the vital name of Mr White. Maybe she did care
...007 has tracked Mr White, gives him a quick call to confirm, then shoots him
...007 utters the immortal line, "The name's Bond. James Bond." In one hand a hefty rifle, in the other, his mobile phone
It wasn't just about the phone usage (although to be fair, Bond steals so many phones he won't have to worry about responsibility for international roaming charges), following the movie time line above, it is clear that the whole plot is driven by phones.
If this is the shape of things to come, we'd better let the kids know. They're all on their phones all the time. They could be spies!
Photo: Casino Royale 2006 Danjaq, LLC, & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved